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L. J. Schaffhauser, S.V. D.
December 8, 1951
Hf* Samuel Cardinal Stritch
Archbishop of Chicago
January 11, 1952
Scripture quotations are according to the
translation of R. Knox (Sheed and Ward)
Printed in U.S.A.
Remodel If am *i¥ome
It's time to remodel your home. Our
Blessed Mother wants it. Not the home
in which you are living; that may be
beautiful enough. You are proud of it
and you have a right to be. But what
about your home in which God is living,
the home of your heart?
"Do you not understand that you are
God's temple, and that God's Spirit
has His dwelling in you?
If anybody desecrates the temple of God,
God will bring him to ruin.
It is a holy thing, this temple of God
which is nothing other than your-
selves." (1 Corinthians 3, 16-17)
Do I realize it? My heart is a home
for God, His temple. It is a holy thing,
this temple of God. If anyone dese-
crates God's temple, God will bring him
These are the inspired words of Holy
Scripture. How precious must the Tem-
ple of my heart be in God's sight!
"God driven out. Satan welcomed."
This is the sign over the entrance of
many homes today. They have driven
God from His home. They have let
their heart be the camping ground of
God's enemy. They have helped the
enemy to destroy God's home and God's
image within them.
"What is there in common between
light and darkness?
What harmony between Christ and
How can a believer throw in his lot
with an infidel?
How can the temple of God have any
commerce with idols?
And you are the temple of the living
God!" (2 Corinthians 6, 15-16)
Yes, how can a man be so ungrateful
to his Lord and his God as to join sides
with the enemy? How can a human
heart turn traitor to the Savior?
Weigh it well! If anyone has de-
stroyed the home of God in his heart,
"God will bring him to ruin" (1 Cor. 3,
16). Eternal frustration, eternal ruin,
such is the lot of the sinner. "It is a
fearful thing to fall into the hands of
the living God" (Hebrews 10, 31).
A Vision of Hell
A horrible vision of Hell, that is what
Mary showed the three children of
"The Blessed Virgin opened her hands.
The beam of light that was projected
from them seemed to penetrate the
earth. We saw, as it were, a great sea
of flame into which were plunged, black
and charred, devils and souls in human
form, all having the appearance of
glowing coals. They shrieked and howled
with pain and despair, so as to strike
terror and trembling into our hearts."
The children never forgot the scene.
"You have had a view of Hell" said
the Blessed Mother, "That is where the
souls of many poor sinners go." . . .
"More souls go to Hell because of sins
of the flesh than for any other reason."
". . . the unquenchable fire of Hell!
The worm which eats them there never
The fire is never quenched."
(Mark 9, 44-45)
"Go far from me, you that are accursed,
into that eternal fire . . .
Prepared for the devil and his angels."
(Matt. 25, 41)
They have spurned the voice of the
Good Shepherd whilst on earth, they
have followed the suggestions of Satan.
Nov 1 they are his slaves forever.
Impurity, the Royal Road to Hell
"More souls go to Hell because of the
sins of the flesh than for any other
reason." Mary's own word. It should
Sins of the flesh! Infidelity, divorce,
adultery: marriage vows thrown to the
winds! Birth control, the cancer eating
its way into thousands of homes: mar-
riage ideals trampled underfoot. "I will
not serve" on their lips, the very words
Sins of the flesh! Youth enmeshed in
the habits of sin! Ridiculed is the up-
right and clean heart, despised is the
lad who refuses to follow the crowd.
Teen-agers drinking in vice out of
filthy books and magazines; in shows
"Make no mistake about it; it is not
the debauched, the adulterous, the
effeminate, the sinners against na-
ture, the drunkards that will inherit
the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 6, 10)
Sins of the flesh! Children seduced
and taught the abominable habits of
lust at an early age by godless, lustful
This is the stench that cries to Heav-
en and mightily provokes the wrath of
God Almighty, All Holy.
Listen then to the agonizing appeal
of Mary, the Mother of all these un-
fortunates, an appeal to sons and
daughters who are speeding toward the
Mary to the Rescue
4< In order to save these sinners, God
wishes that devotion to my Immaculate
Heart be established throughout the
That is Mary's last effort to prevent
souls from rushing headlong into Hell.
When children are in need they go at
once to their mother. But when chil-
dren are in imminent danger them-
selves, and seem not to heed it, it is
the mother who comes speedily to their
rescue. That is what has happened!
Mary has come down to earth. She
has shown us the horrors of Hell. She
begs us to think of her Heart, that
maternal Heart that bore us, and that
loves us as no mother can ever hope
"Listen to me, you that are my sons. . . .
Listen to the teaching that makes you
Blessed are they who listen to me. . . .
The man who wins me . . . drinks deep
of the Lord's favor.
Who fails, fails at his own bitter cost;
To be my enemy is to be in love with
death." (Proverbs 8, 32-36)
What child of God will refuse to listen
to this Blessed Mother and to the re-
quest of her Heart? What sinner will
turn away? It is a mother's request.
It cannot be refused.
Our Mother's Request
"Establish devotion to my Immacu-
late Heart." "I ask for the consecration
of the whole world to my Immaculate
This is Our Mother's request. It is
God's offer of the century to the sinner
and to the world at large. It carries
with it promises of eternal security and
of global proportions: "Many souls will
be saved." "There shall be peace in the
Has this request of our Blessed Moth-
er been faithfully carried out? This
question is meant for you.
"Do the reckless still court their own
Rash fools, will you never learn? . . .
Fools, that grew weary of instruction,
And would not fear the Lord.
Well for them, if they had followed my
If they had not spurned all the warn-
ings I gave!
Now they must eat of the harvest
their own wickedness has reaped. . . .
But let a man give heed to me,
Peace undisturbed shall be his."
(Prov. 1, 22-23, 29-33)
Is it too late? No, it is never too late.
God is always the God of mercy. And
even should He chastise us, it is the
Divine Physician who wounds only in
order to heal. The greatest of earthly
chastisements are well worth the saving
of our immortal souls!
Our Holy Father Takes the
Already in 1942 our Holy Father Pius
XII consecrated the Church, the world,
the human race to the Immaculate
"To you, to your Immaculate Heart,
in this tragic hour of our history, we
consign, we entrust, we consecrate Holy
Church, the Mystical Body of your Son,
Jesus, which is suffering and bleeding
in so many places and afflicted in so
many ways. And not only the Church,
but all the world, rent asunder by
deadly discord, aflame with the fires of
hate, victim of its own iniquities. "
Six years later on May 1, 1948, the
same Holy Father broadcast this plea to
the entire world: "It is our will that
wherever the opportunity presents it-
self, this consecration be made in vari-
ous dioceses as well as in each parish
and family. "
"My son, give me the gift of thy heart,
Scan closely the path I show thee."
(Prov. 23, 26)
Every parish! Every family! Every
individual! That is the goal. And you
are the individual Mary also has in
mind. Have you done so?
"What Christian heart, no matter
how lukewarm and thoughtless, could
resist the voice of Mary?" (Pius XII)
Are we ashamed of openly practising
devotion to Mary? Is it too much for
pride, human respect or our "good fel-
low" reputation? What man is ashamed
of his mother? And we are in all truth
born spiritually of the Virgin Mother!
Hear what the Lord says of those who
are ashamed of Him:
"Whoever acknowledges me before men,
I too will acknowledge him before my
Father who is in heaven;
And whoever disowns me before men,
Before my Father in heaven I too will
disown him." (Matt. 10, 32-33)
On the contrary, let us be proud of
our parentage. This then is the chal-
lenge: See to it that our Mother's wish
be carried out. Exert your influence
that the consecration be made by your
family, your relatives and friends, and
push this project wherever you can.
Think of the consequences for you and
for all mankind.
In the words of our Holy Father:
"Now is the time to take decisive steps
and shake off this fatal lethargy" (Feb.
10, 1952). If you have not done any-
thing in this line until now, do it today.
Start now. If you have done something,
do more. We will never overcome a
habit of sin by a weak-hearted practice
of religion. Mary wants nothing less
than a consecration.
But what is a consecration? Merely
the reading off of a formula of prayer,
the reciting of some set phrases?
Genuine consecration goes much
deeper. When a man consecrates him-
self to something, he dedicates himself
wholly to it. It absorbs his interest and
his attention. He spends his energy on
it and he belongs to that project whole-
heartedly. Gradually it will bring about
a transformation in him. It is like an
interior remodeling of his heart.
The living of such an ideal influences
our entire surroundings. The Commu-
nists are dedicated to an ideal. They
wield influence everywhere. They have
changed half the world.
Is the mighty Mother of God less
powerful to influence the world? Will
she not change and transform it, if we
cooperate with her project of an all-out
consecration to that Immaculate Heart?
But a world transformation will only
come about when millions of individuals
are aflame with this ideal.
I am the Mother of fair Love,
"It is I that give birth to all noble
living . . .
From me comes all promise of life and
vigor. . . .
He who listens to me will never be dis-
He who lives by me will do no wrong."
(Ecclus. 24, 24-31)
I must remodel my heart!
Genuine consecration to the Immacu-
late Heart of Mary includes a change
of life, a remodeling of your heart and
your interior after the Immaculate
Heart of Mary.
If I am genuinely devoted and dedi-
cated to the Immaculate Heart, the
great soul of Mary will gradually influ-
ence my thoughts, my desires, my way
of thinking and acting, my inclinations
and my habits.
You see, there is bound to be a good
influence, even a powerful influence of
the Woman who is the sworn enemy of
Satan, the Woman whose Son, Jesus,
has come to earth to undo what the
devil has done.
"The man who lives sinfully takes his
character from the devil;
The devil was a sinner from the first. . . .
If a man is born of God, he does not live
sinfully, he is true to his parentage ;
He cannot be a sinner, if he is born of
God." (1 John 3, 8-9)
As sons of God we are born of the
Immaculate Mother of Jesus. We must
be true to our parentage. We will not
brook sin in our heart. O Mary, con-
ceived without sin, pray for us who
have recourse to thee!
I must remodel my heart. That is the
true meaning of consecration. Mary
will be satisfied with nothing less.
Mary's Immaculate Heart is the
Model Home for God on which I will
remodel my home for God, the home of
my heart. The Son of God prepared
and beautified that Heart as only a Son
can. He made it unique. By its un-
selfish cooperation with Divine Love it
won His wholehearted approval. It is
truly the Model Home for all the sons
"Behold thy Mother" (John 19, 26).
With these words Jesus Himself directs
our gaze towards His holy Mother. He
has given her to us as a Mother. In
directing the gaze of the sons of God
upon their Mother, Jesus shows us the
simplest and yet the most sublime pat-
tern of holiness: the Immaculate Heart
It is not difficult to remodel the home
of my heart, when I can look upon the
Heart of my own Blessed Mother as the
Model Home, and copy the traits that
make it so.
"My son, do not undervalue the correc-
tions the Lord sends thee,
Do not be unmanned when He reproves
It is where He loves that He bestows
Like a Father whose son is dear to Him."
(Prov. 3, 11-12)
By remodeling my home, I repair it
along the lines of Mary's. That is the
"reparation" Mary wants from me.
Blueprints for the Model Home
Our Blessed Mother doesn't do things
by halves. To remodel we need blue-
prints. But even the blueprints Mary
has unfolded before us in this one word:
"Pray the Rosary devoutly every day."
That is Mary's simple plan for us. But
how can that be the blueprints? The
Rosary prayed properly brings before
the mind the most sacred scenes that
earth has ever known. Those scenes
show us the Immaculate Heart in action,
with Christ as the center of its aspira-
tions. Those scenes are the blueprints!
"Hail! Thou who art full of grace;
The Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou among women.
And blessed is the Fruit of thy womb."
(Luke 1, 28; 42)
Three baneful tendencies are wide-
spread today. First, distaste for a sim-
ple life of labor. Second, repugnance to
suffering of any kind. Third, forgetful-
ness of the future life.
The first of these evils is offset by the
fidelity and diligence of Jesus and Mary
to the ordinary duties of life (Joyful
Mysteries). The second is offset by the
love and endurance of Jesus and Mary
in bearing the greatest sufferings for
our sakes (Sorrowful Mysteries). The
third is offset by the constant reminder
of Jesus and Mary in the glory of the
life to come (Glorious Mysteries).
Daily Rosary Devoutly
If our Blessed Mother found no better
remedy to offer the world than those
three short words, we will not presume
to discard them thoughtlessly.
Do you say the Rosary daily? Many
say the Rosary as they commute to work
and back. Others make it a habit at the
noon hour. Try it for yourself. Some
groups say it in common in several fac-
tories throughout the country. Others
boost the Family Rosary or the Block
Rosary. Football teams are known to
say the Rosary before a game. Where
there is a will, there is a way.
Do you say the Rosary properly? Do
you let those sacred scenes influence
your life? Stop for a moment before
each decade and gather your thoughts.
This is serious business. The peace of
the world depends upon it. My own
eternal security may be bound up with
it. It may mean the grace for me to
avoid a definite occasion of sin. It's
remodel or ruin.
Holy Mary, great Mother of God,
Pray for us, sinners,
Pray now, O Mother, and at the
hour of our death. Amen.
By daily gazing on these blueprints,
we learn how to build for eternity, to
beautify with virtue that has real value
in God's eyes, to decorate with the gold
of divine and everlasting charity. Then
our hearts are remodeled on Mary's own
One thing above all is learned from
the Immaculate Heart of Mary: to avoid
sin and abhor it. This is the cleansing
of the home of our hearts. Mary is
without sin. We are sinners, weak and
changeable, prone to evil inclinations.
But an honest effort to remodel after
the Model Home will bring results. Mary
will obtain the grace for us to turn
away from sinful habits, and also the
wonderful grace of constant love of her
Divine Son, which keeps the interior of
our home purified.
Yet that is only the first step. The
home must also be adorned. Mary's
great faith must blossom in our heart;
her submission to God's will in all the
details of an ordinary life, her compas-
sionate suffering with the Savior; her
love of prayer, her unquenchable char-
ity that fed upon sacrifice. Each one of
us can find the pattern he needs.
Such a heart, remodeled on Mary's
Immaculate Heart, becomes a great
power-house for good on earth, amid
the sorrows and joys of daily life. Of
such is the Legion that Mary is gather-
ing around her to fight the great
Dragon. Said God to Satan:
"She shall crush thy head
And thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."
(Gen. 3, 15)
What is there to fear from the side
of hell and Satan, from persecution and
death itself, if we are one with the great
Mother of God, Mary, most holy?
Influence Your Surroundings
A prominent business man in a large
manufacturing company makes the fol-
lowing avowal: "Throughout the 25
years of my business career, our Lord
and His Blessed Mother were in the
midst of our daily activities. I took the
words of the Master to heart: 'Without
Me you can do nothing/ He made no
exceptions. Business was included too.
So I made religion the basic solution for
the manifold difficulties that turned up
every other day.
"To one of the managers given to
drink, I counselled a return to his reli-
gious convictions, promising that I
would pray to our Blessed Mother for
him. To a discouraged bookkeeper, on
the verge of giving up her job, I briefly
explained the Lord's Passion and the
purpose of suffering. The results in
both cases have proved the correctness
of the procedure.
"Regularly I passed out Catholic
papers and magazines to those in-
terested. On Good Friday I granted a
half-day to all employees who wanted
to attend church services. In a hundred
different ways, without ostentation, the
hearts of our fellowmen can be directed
towards Christ and His Mother. "
"You are the salt of the earth.
If the salt loses its taste,
What is there left to give taste to it? . . .
You are the light of the world.
A city cannot be hidden if it is built on
a mountain top." (Matthew 5, 13-14)
You Can Change the World
Back in 1870 a little district in Italy
had no parish priest. Ten mothers made
up their minds to get together once a
month to pray that God would give His
Church more priests and religious. Only
after they had kept that up for eleven
years did they get their own parish
priest. Did they stop praying then?
No, just the opposite took place. They
kept on praying and got all the mothers
of the district to join in. The result?
Over 500 youths have gone forth from
that little district as priests, brothers,
sisters. What a transformation! How
did it happen?
The secret is this: these mothers be-
gan to realize that if they wanted
priests, they had to begin right by re-
modeling their own homes. Their lives
became more like Mary's life, the at-
mosphere of their homes more like the
atmosphere of Nazareth, and their chil-
dren more like Mary's Son, Jesus.
That was the atmosphere in which
ideal vocations sprouted. The children
learned to appreciate real and lasting
values. They wanted to become some-
thing worth while in life, something
noble, godlike. They became priests,
they became brothers, nuns; they be-
came ideal Catholic parents who in turn
planted the seed of vocation in their
own children's hearts.
That is what happens when you have
begun to remodel your heart after that
of the Immaculate Heart. A change
comes over you. You see how foul sin
really is, how valuable is virtue. You
begin to live your ideal of a son of God
and a son of the Blessed Mother.
Now if that happens in a hundred
souls, think of the influence on the sur-
roundings. What if it happens in a
thousand hearts scattered over the
country? In a million? In 400,000,000
Catholics all over the world?
Hearken, then, to the recent plea of
our Holy Father: "The root of modern
evils ... is lethargy of the spirit, weak-
ness of the will and coldness of the
heart. . . .
"Your Shepherd and Father charges
you today to launch a mighty re-awak-
ening of thought and action. This re-
awakening is a duty for everyone with-
out exception — clergy and people,
those in authority, families, groups, in-
dividuals — along the entire front of
the complete renewal of Christian life.
"Having had recourse once again to
the goodness of God and the mercy of
Mary, each one of the faithful and
every man of good will must re-examine
with a courage worthy of the great mo-
ments of human history, what he can
and must do personally as his own con-
tribution to the saving power of God, in
order to help a world which is started
on the road to ruin.
"We sincerely hope . . . that Our eyes
shall see not only cities, but nations,
continents, the entire human race re-
turn to Christ" (Pius XII, Feb. 10, 1952).
Program of Action
1. For all times: Determine to keep
far from your heart and home objects
used for sinful purposes, reading matter
and pictures unfit for God's chosen
ones, company displeasing to the Im-
maculate Heart. Determine, moreover,
not to be enslaved and dominated by
the goods of this world, be they food or
drink, radio or television, money or
sports; but to use all such things with
moderation as our Blessed Mother
taught us while on earth. These things
are means to our eternal happiness in
Heaven. Show that you are your own
master, or rather, Mary is the mistress.
As a loyal son of Mary, let the crucifix
and the Catholic Bible have a promi-
nent place in your home. Remember:
remodel or ruin. A glance at the cru-
cifix and a paragraph from the Word of
God will give you greater light and
peace and strength than hours of mere-
ly arguing over politics or of television
2. Annually: set aside a day in the
year on which you make a solemn con-
secration of yourself, your home and
family to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary, and draw up a plan now to re-
model your home. Prepare for this
solemn consecration by a sincere Con-
fession and a devout Holy Communion.
Repeat this annually on the same day,
or even more frequently. Our Lady's
feast days are fitting occasions for this
renewal, especially the Feast of the Im-
maculate Heart of Mary (August 22),
or any First Saturday.
3. Monthly: Make a special effort,
even though it costs, to keep the First
Saturdays. Mary's wonderful promise to
those who keep the first Saturday five
times in succession, is the greatest in-
surance policy for eternal life ever
heard of. Your conditions are simple:
Confession, Communion, the Rosary,
keeping Mary company for fifteen min-
utes while meditating on those sacred
mysteries, in the spirit of reparation for
all the sins committed against that Im-
maculate Heart. Let this be your
monthly checking of account books.
How did things go last month? Have I
kept the home of my heart in line with
the Model Home? How about this new
4. Weekly: Nothing is more impor-
tant and more pleasing to Mary than
that you carry out faithfully your Sun-
day obligations. The Mass is the great
sacrifice of Mary's Son for the sins and
the needs of yourself and your family.
If you can help it, don't let anything
come between you and the Mass. Learn
more about the Mass and encourage
your family to do likewise. It only needs a
bit more effort to receive our Lord weekly
in Communion. The immense treasure
of God Himself is at your disposal.
5. Daily: A short morning offering
through Mary's Heart of all that you
are and all that you have. The daily
Rosary. A short renewal of your conse-
cration before retiring.
ACT OF CONSECRATION
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(St. Louis de Montfort's Consecration)
"I. N., a faithless sinner — renew and
ratify today in thy hands, O Immacu-
late Mother, the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan, his pomps
and works; and I give myself entirely
to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom,
to carry my cross after Him all the days
of my life, and to be more faithful to
Him than I have ever been before.
"In the presence of all the heavenly
court I choose thee this day for my
Mother and Mistress. I deliver and con-
secrate to thee, as thy slave, my body
and soul, my goods, both interior and
exterior, and even the value of all my
good actions, past, present and future;
leaving to thee the entire and full right
of disposing of me, and all that belongs
to me, without exception, according to
thy good pleasure, for the greater glory
of God, in time and in eternity. Amen."
Morning offering of the Apostleship of
Prayer: O Jesus, through the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, I offer Thee my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings of this day, for all the in-
tentions of Thy Sacred Heart, in union with
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the
world, in reparation for my sins, for the in-
tentions of all our associates and in particular
for the intention recommended this month.
Short Personal Consecration: O my Queen,
O my Mother, I give myself entirely to thee,
and to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate
to thee this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth,
my heart, my whole being without reserve.
Wherefore good Mother, as I am thine own,
keep me, guard me as thy property and pos-
Short renewal: O my Queen, O my Mother,
remember that I am thine own. Keep me,
guard me as thy property and possession. Or:
I am all thine, O Mary, and all that I have
Memorare: Remember, O most gracious
Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that
anyone who fled to thy protection, implored
thy help, and sought thine intercession was
left unaided. Inspired with this confidence I
fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee I come, before Thee I stand, sinful
and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word In-
carnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy
mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
After each Decade of the Rosary: O my
Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the
fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especial-
ly those who are most in need.
Reparation: O my God, I believe in Thee,
I adore Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. I
ask pardon for those who do not believe, do
not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee.
In temptation: Come, Holy Ghost, fill the
hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the
fire of Thy love. My God, I love Thee! All
for Thee, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Sweet
Heart of Mary, be my salvation. Jesus, Mary,
Perfect contrition: O my God, I am heartily
sorry for having offended Thee, because Thou
art infinitely good and deserving of all my
love. (Be sure to say this before retiring each
night. Add three Hail Marys for purity, with
the ejaculation: O Mary, conceived without
sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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